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Flashlight Review,   Spartanian II

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I just received a Spartanian II pre-production sample from neoseikan.

The final production version should have better knurling.

The Type III Hard Anodize should be improved.

The sample sent to me had some spots in the Black Anodize. The Natural Color Anodize has some 'blotches".

The Spartanian II feels very "hefty". It reminded me a combination of different MR Bulk light's.

My version comes with a deep OP Reflector. Uses a Cree XRE Q5.

The switching or changes of light levels is done with the "knurled" part behind the lens Bezel Assembly. Turn right or left and hold the knurling for a second and the light stays on. If you want to momentary on just right for less than a second. To shut off the light turn the knuling to right and hold for about 2 seconds. The switching mechanism will return to neutral. Spring actuated.

The Spartanian II must be turned on to get to the other 13 levels. Turn the knurled bezel to the left to get to the lower levels of light. Turn right to get to the upper levels of light.

If you want the Spartanian II to "memorize' the setting set what level of light you want and twist the rear battery cover around 1/8 of a turn counter-clockwise until the light shuts off. Twist the rear battery cover clockwise and you have the light set to that light level. You can set either the left or right turning of the knurled bezel to set a desired level.

The only drawback is that say if you have the light set on the "right" to high on and the "left" to low off you have to shut off the light in "right" high to get to low which is set to "left". It may sound confusing but it is very easy to figure out.

I took the Spartanian II to work to use and found out the light accidently turned on in my front pocket while I was working. A good idea is to loosen the rear battery cover about 1/8 of a turn to keep the light locked off.

I really like the Spartanian II. The UI was very easy to figure out. The switching to get get to the different levels of light is unique to me because I am used the rear clikie's, rear twistie's and side button lights.

I was sent an email and told not to twist off the head it may destroy the driver.


Made of Alcoa 7075-T651 or Alcoa 6061-T6
HAIII, 50~60um. Gray or Green or Black.
CREE XR-E Q5 bin.
Foretech Driver Board for Spartanian2.
13 levels. (from 0.5mA to 700mA).
1*16340/RCR123A battery.
Fully Regulated.
Over-discharge and reverse protection.
SCHOTT B270 & Dual-coated Lens.


The Positives.

Can fit AW's Black RCR123 with no problems.

Very easy to use UI.

Deep OP Reflector gives some "throw" in the beam.

Bulit tough.

A good low light level.

Very easy to use one handed.


The Negatives.

No rear lanyard hole.

Has the "Cree Ring" on it's beam. I know it will bother the wall hunters but it does not bother me.


Hopefully the final version can offer a OP Reflector version. A lanyard hole maybe nice.

Price TBA.


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Use a Cree XRE Q5. SMO Reflector. Final version to have a better focused throw reflector.

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Rear of the Cree Q5 Module.

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AW's Black RCR123 with no problems.

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The final version will have a better gold coated tail spring.

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When I actually saw the Spartanian II it reminded me of one of MR. Bulks lights.

Left to right, Spartanian II, MR Bulk's Chameleon, MR Bulk's Lion Cub

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Size comparsions.

Left to right, Spartanian II, JETBeam Jet II, Nitecore PD, Fenix L1P

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Left to right, Spartanian II, JETBeam Jet II, Nitecore PD

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I also took lux readings of the lights above. These are the lux readings I got. I am using a Meterman LM631 Light Meter measured at 1 meter. I waited 2 minutes before taking the readings. I am using AW's Protected 14500 and AW's Protected RCR123's.


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Spartanian II

Level 1 - 10 lux @ 1 meter
Level 2 - 40 lux @ 1  meter
Level 3 - 160 lux @ 1 meter
Level 4 - 690 lux @ 1 meter
Level 5 - 1010 lux @ 1 meter
Level 6 - 1300 lux @ 1 meter
Level 7 - 1840 lux @ 1 meter
Level 8 - 2380 lux @ 1 meter
Level 9 - 2900 lux @ 1 meter
Level 10 - 3370 lux @ 1 meter
Level 11 - 4240 lux @ 1 meter
Level 12 - 4920 lux @ 1 meter
Level 13 - 6260 lux @ 1 meter


Spartanian II RCR123 - 6260 lux @ 1 meter

Jet-II Q5 SMO RCR123 - 4070 lux @ 1 meter

NiteCore Smart PD D10 1AA 14500 - 2060 lux @ 1 meter


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I did a run time with a fully charged AW Protected RCR123. The Spartanian II was set to high. Level 13 - 6260 lux @ 1 meter


Temperature averaged 97 degrees on Lens Bezel Assembly during the run time.


6260 lux @ 1 meter....2 minutes
6150 lux @ 1 meter....5 minutes
6130 lux @ 1 meter...10 minutes
6100 lux @ 1 meter...15 minutes
6090 lux @ 1 meter...20 minutes
6070 lux @ 1 meter...25 minutes
6070 lux @ 1 meter...30 minutes
6060 lux @ 1 meter...36:50 light shut off.

At about 36:20 minutes the light blinked off then on once about every 10 seconds until the light shut off.


This is the run time set a level 9 - 2900 lux @ 1 meter with Aw Protected RCR123 (Black).

2840 lux @ 1 meter....00:15
2820 lux @ 1 meter....00:30
2800 lux @ 1 meter....01:00
2779 lux @ 1 meter....01:15
2780 lux @ 1 meter....01:30
2740 lux @ 1 meter....01:45, SS II started to go into low voltage mode.
2740 lux @ 1 meter....01:46, SS II Shut off.


This is the run time set at level 4 - 690 lux @ 1 meter with AW Protected RCR123 (Black).

680 lux @ 1 meter....00:10
670 lux @ 1 meter....1:30
660 lux @ 1 meter....4:20
650 lux @ 1 meter....7:20
640 lux @ 1 meter....8:30
630 lux @ 1 meter....8:40
630 lux @ 1 meter....8:48, SS II started to go into low voltage mode.
630 lux @ 1 meter....8:53, SS II Shut off.

Spartanian II ran 8 hours 53 minutes in level 4.


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Spartanian II @ 90"

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Jet-II Q5 SMO RCR123 @ 90"

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NiteCore Smart PD D10 1AA 14500 @ 90'"

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Left, Spartanian II.     Right, Jet-II Q5 SMO RCR123 @ 90"

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Left, Spartanian II.     Right, Jet-II Q5 SMO RCR123 @ 90"  Stepped down exposure

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Left, Spartanian II.    Right, NiteCore Smart PD D10 1AA 14500 @ 90'"

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Left, Spartanian II.    Right, NiteCore Smart PD D10 1AA 14500 @ 90'"  Stepped down exposure

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Spartanian II @ 32'

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Jet-II Q5 SMO RCR123 @ 32'

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NiteCore Smart PD D10 1AA 14500 @ 32'

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Switching to different light levels can be done one-handed very easy.

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Re: Flashlight Review,   Spartanian II

Oddest flashlight I've ever seen. Cool though. Get a Wall of Fire from Elektro Lumens. :D Imagine the beamshots!
 

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Added run time.

Spartanian II ran 8 hours 53 minutes in level 4.

See above Post #1
 

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Added run time.

Spartanian II ran 01:46 in level 9.

See above post #1
 
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Re: Flashlight Review,   Spartanian II

How much will this thing cost? Are there things you'd recommend instead?
 

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VillageIdiot said:
How much will this thing cost? Are there things you'd recommend instead?

Neoseikan will post the price soon.

Once the price is posted I will post in this thread.
 
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Re: Flashlight Review,   Spartanian II

VillageIdiot said:
Oddest flashlight I've ever seen.

I agree on that one :p - I prefer the standard styles, but it seems like a nice light
 




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